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Hi I'm Bonnie

I am a mother to three great men, grandmother, "Oma," to ten and I love being a Mormon and an eternal family.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California. My sisters chose to be baptized at age eight; It was just before my 21st birthday after my sister died when two missionaries knocked on my apartment door and shared the Gospel with me. I knew, without a doubt then, that this was the true Gospel of Jesus Christ because we are the only Church to have the priesthood keys to do work for the dead, those that died without the ability to fulfill one of God’s main commandments, to be baptized in His name. We are the only Church with the keys to bind families together for eternity and I am so grateful to have those blessings in my life. I have had the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. (all but Alaska). I’ve lived in California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Mexico (Saltillo), Nebraska and Minnesota. One of the facts about the Mormon Church is that no matter where I have been, from California to Mexico, to France and England, wherever, the Church is the same. There is no wondering if I can find a Church I like and that teaches what I know is true. When you want to know who I am, the easiest and best way to answer that is this, "I am a Mormon, and I love it."

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus offered us His greatest gift, life eternal with Him, our Heavenly Father and all those we love. Because of temple ordinances, I know I will be with my family for eternity and I can think of no greater reason to live and love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to endure to the end. I love being a Mormon because we have a living prophet to guide us through these very difficult times. Which one of us would not want to sit at a true prophet's feet to garnish the information he receives directly from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? I know that Thomas Monson is a prophet of God. I know that his counselors, the 12 apostles and the quorum of the 70's have been places on earth today to guide us, Heavenly Father's children, to do those things which will bring us back to Them. We are advised in Matthew 14:15 to "beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." And in the next verse, Matthew 14:16, he tells us how to know a true prophet; "Ye shall know them by their fruits." The prophets in the Mormon Church have brought forth, and continues to bring forth, nothing but good fruit. There are false prophets, but not in the Mormon Church. We are blessed to have a prophet and we need one! "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7. The Mormon Church is the only church with a prophet at the head. This is one of the main reasons I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Mormonism is a way of life, a road of growth back to our home, again with our Heavenly Father and our brother Jesus Christ. The greatest commandment is to "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matthew 22:36-40). This is the way I strive to live my faith. I am a mother, a daughter, a grandmother (“Oma”) a nurse, a caregiver, and a friend. I live my life helping others and I love it and, hopefully, treat those that I care for so that they know I love it. Am I perfect at it? Not by a long shot! But, my goal every day of my life is to live it in a way that Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father would be happy with me. I believe Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father gave those commandments for our good because when I am down, tired and/or in pain, if I care for another, I am the one that receives spiritual and physical blessings pouring into my life. I do not “love my neighbor” for myself, but the blessings are like fallout when I do. I do not live close enough to any of my grandchildren that I can pour out my love on them as often as I would like, but my hopes are in the future I will be able to move closer to one set of them. For now, I will care for my 91 year old mother, see my children and my grandchildren as often as possible, care for the patients I am blessed to receive and friends I am honored to have and pray that I am loving “my neighbor as thyself.”

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Bonnie
A temple president shared with me one day that "those of us who have chosen to go through the temple, make and keep promises made in the temple through sacred ordinances, and endure to the end are under God's protective umbrella. Those of us under the umbrella will be together for eternity." But, "in my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you" John 14:2 shows us that we can choose to be together under that protective umbrella, but if we choose not to, Jesus Christ loves us all and He has mansions prepared for all who love Him and keep His commandments. Those who choose not be take part in those sacred ordinances in the temple will undoubtedly be happy in another mansion but are not promised to be eternally with those we love and are close to in this life. This special blessing from God is one of the main reasons I choose to be a Mormon and I love it so very much. What extra commandments He asks of us as Mormons seem very small in comparison to the blessing of being eternally with my ancestors, my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all my familial progeny that also choose those temple ordinances and endure to the end. Show more Show less